Glenmorangie Nectar D'or
Sauternes Cask

70cl / 46%
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Glenmorangie's re-styled Sauternes Finish is cheaper than the old version and has a delicious citrussy, honeyed character. This is generally regarded as the best of the 'new' Glenmorangie wood finishes.
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Glenmorangie Nectar D'or Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    Exit Madeira and Burgundy, here’s a Sauternes finish. It’s not impossible that new owners LVMH provide the distillery with their own empty Sauternes casks (yes, it’s Sauternes with an s at the end. Sauterne is a pale copy made in America, or a frequent misspelling done by some of our Scottish friends. Well, I do it myself sometimes, but not on labels, eh!)

    Colour: gold (what else?) Nose: but this smells exactly like Sauternes at first nosing! Amazing... I mean, the spirit is almost absent here, it’s the wine that does all the talking, and as Sauternes isn’t ‘a winey wine’ (come on, Serge!), the result is rather pleasant. A lot of fructose, ripe apricots, icing sugar, hints of kiwis, tangerines... How funny. Gets a little more ‘whisky’ after a while, that is, with hints of oak, a faint maltiness and... And? Hugely demonstrative in any case.

    Mouth: ho-ho, this works better I think. More multidimensional than the sherry (and certainly than the Port), with a better oakiness, spices and grass at the attack, and then a huge sweetness that’s better controlled I think. Pepper, baklavas, apricot jam and green tea. Works very well, and there’s even bits of the original distillate that shine through (imagine something delicately smoky and vanilled whispering in the background).

    Finish: long and thick, on the same big flavours, with also hints of resin. Again, a very well crafted malt from the New World of Whisky. Certainly not a grand cru (how would we know anyway with this heavy treatment?) but the end result is truly palatable methinks, albeit a bit panzerish (I think you made your point here, Serge). 86 points (just two points below the rather excellent old 21yo Sauternes finish).

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Aroma: Tempted by the aromas wafting through the door of a French patisserie, you step inside to discover a tangy tarte au citron with its crisp pastry case and smooth lemony cream topping. Next to it is with its fluffy sponginess and milky vanilla aroma is a Genoise cake decorate with crystallised lime and orange peel. You can smell plump juicy sultanas, dates, warming ginger, coconut and nutmeg. In the background, gingerbread is baking in a wood-burning oven

    Slip some water into the whisky to release the frothiness of lemon meringue pie and the rich aroma of baking fruitcake and warm gingerbread drizzled with crème anglaise

    Taste: The smooth, melting creaminess of lemon tart leaves the mouth full of citrus tang that gives way to crème caramel and zesty lime. This is replaced by warming ginger coupled with the mellow nutty flavours of nutmeg and toasted almonds that add warmth and chewiness that melts into oozing lemon meringue and melting honeycomb

    Finish: Languid and sweet with lemon zest, vanilla cream and delicate hints of ginger and nutmeg

36 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    14 September 2014

    This is the scotch bourbon drinkers drink.

  • 8 October 2013

    Very smooth. Gentle on the palate. The citrus tickles your nose a bit and finishes with a light vanilla sensation. Not overpowering by any means. Full of flavor and aroma. Great nightcap.

  • 15 May 2013

    Received this as a Christmas present from my wife & it's become my favourite whisky by far. Several friends who have tasted it have also been blown away by its smooth complex taste and downright drinkability. Perfect if, like me, you're not a fan of the smoky taste of some single malts.

  • 3 January 2013

    This Whisky is for real connoisseurs. It's one of the most complex ive tasted in a while. You smell something new everytime. Very subtle flavours. It won't blow Your head off, but has so much complexity for this price. I've had 15 bottles open In recent months, this is undoubtedly the best.

  • 29 November 2012

    Nectar d'Or has much the character of an excellent brandy. It's still clearly scotch, but wow --- drink it neat after a great meal. Glenmorangie has hit this one out of the park.

  • 1 August 2012

    This dram will suit some like me who see some magic in every style of malt. It's brilliant as a dessert malt. And when you can get it 1/3 off in a supermarket don't think twice. I'm loving it right now!

  • 5 April 2011

    This single malt, in my opinion, blows away Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, etc. Smooth, honey taste, as close to nectar as you will find in this universe!

  • 9 February 2011

    Received as a gift for my 50th, wonderfully smooth and tasty with a pleasant bouquet. Not as harsh as some Scotch and has it has less of the smoke and peetiness flavor that some desire .

  • 28 January 2011

    Even more subtle and complex than the 10 yr old original? The quality that this beautiful distillery deliver should entice any scotch fan. There is no point arguing whether it is better than Ardbeg/Highland Park etc as they all offer something different, what I would say is if you are interested in trying a subtle, complex and 'classy' whisky then this should be on top of your list along with the original. True leaders in their class.

  • 9 December 2010

    Boom, every nosing hits you with a superb and overt citric vanilla flavor that is just so superb. The mouth is strong and subtle at the same time, sip slowly, this is one to relish, and the finish is dessert like and gorgeous. I love this single malt. It's not really that womanly.

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